Where can we start?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

On Wed­nes­day, the pres­i­dent of the United States threw his sup­port be­hind leg­is­la­tion that would limit some im­mi­gra­tion to these shores by im­ple­ment­ing some­thing of a skills-based sys­tem. Imag­ine that: im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy that re­quires folks to speak English and have skills enough that they can con­trib­ute to their new coun­try. In the re­cent past, im­mi­gra­tion has been fam­ily-based in­stead of skills­based.

Jour­nal­ists in Wash­ing­ton say the leg­is­la­tion was “met with skep­ti­cism,” but isn’t most mean­ing­ful leg­is­la­tion? The pa­pers also said the bill “faces an up­hill bat­tle” in Congress, but doesn’t ev­ery idea this pres­i­dent sup­ports?

Mean­while, on the other side of the aisle, the top Demo­crat in the Se­nate, Charles Schumer, says the im­mi­gra­tion plan is a “non-starter.” It’s a won­der he didn’t rely on the old trusted “dead on ar­rival” phrase again.

If this plan is a non-starter, Sen­a­tor, where can the coun­try start? If there is go­ing to be im­mi­gra­tion re­form, or re­form of any kind, there must be a start­ing point. If the sen­a­tor can of­fer any­thing ex­cept ob­sta­cles, then, to use an­other cliché, we’re all ears.

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